Romantic Highland Railways

Romantic Highland Railways

An opportunity to view some of Scotland's famous scenery in comfort.


An opportunity to view some of Scotland's famous scenery in comfort.

The Kyle Line

The Kyle Line is one of the world's most scenic rail journeys. It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The views from the window are worth the fare alone but no matter where you are along its 80 miles, historic Scotland is only a few metres away.

The terminus at Kyle of Lochalsh is the crossing point for the Isle of Skye. Nowadays there is no ferry, however the bridge can be crossed on foot or by bus and is only a short distance from the station.


The Isle of Skye, connected to Scotland's northwest coast by bridge, is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, it has an indented coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs, radiating out from a mountainous interior. The town of Portree, a base for exploring the island, features harbourside pubs and boutiques.


Strathspey Steam Railway

The Strathspey Railway runs between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill in the Cairngorms. This attraction is run by a group of volunteer train enthusiasts, who have recreated a nostalgic experience of the 1950’s with great attention to detail. The experience takes you back 50 years in time, with train guards in period dress, quaint old fashioned wagons and traditional restaurant carriage. 

It’s a relatively short train journey, but the route does pass through lovely countryside, and it is a treat to travel by steam train. The journey takes about 40 minutes to go from Aviemore to Broomhill which was used as the station for Glenbogle, in the BBC series " Monarch of the Glen".

Speyside Distilleries

Speyside is home to some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery and lush landscapes, as well as roughly half of the country's distilleries. It is located in the Highlands, east of Inverness, and reaches from the glittering Moray coastline down towards the Cairngorms National Park. The region takes its name from the River Spey, and most of its distilleries are in the beautiful surrounding glens. The rich supply of pure water helps to produce smooth and complex whiskies that provide an elegant contrast to the salty and heavily peated whiskies from other regions. Speyside whiskies are characterised by sweet and fruity notes, ranging from ripe pears to sultanas. Hints of nuts and malt are common, and some also possess a refined smokiness.

In Speyside you're never far from a distillery. From small-scale producers who handcraft whisky using traditional methods to some of the most famous distilleries in the world, it is the perfect place to learn about the art of whisky creation.


Jacobite Steam Train

Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, train trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!

The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan, beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. From here, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films “Highlander” and “Local Hero”.

The route is also the same shown in the Harry Potter films. The company running the Jacobite service provided Warner Brothers with the train used as the Hogwarts Express in all of the movies and allowed them use of the Jacobite's route for filming. The locomotive used to pull the Hogwarts Express in the films is presently located at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden.

The Road to the Isles

The road to the Isles is considered as one of the best drives in Scotland. Travelling from Mallaig to Fort William you will see some of the best scenery in the whole world with stunning mountain views, white sandy beaches, stunning shimmering lochs, historical places and great views of the isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck, Skye and Canna.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria and travel north via Moffat, Stirling and Perth on our way to the Balavil at Newtonmore. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

After breakfast we head into Inverness and join the Kyle Line train for our journey to the Kyle of Lochalsh, described by Michael Palin as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’. Our coach will meet us at Kyle, where we have a short visit to the Isle of Skye before returning to the Balavil Hotel by road.

Day 3

Morning visit to Aviemore, with some free time before we board the Aviemore to Broomhill Steam Railway, used in the hit TV series Monarch of the Glen. We have a 45 minute journey through some spectacular scenery. From Broomhill we head into Speyside and a visit to one of the many distilleries for a guided tour and a ‘wee dram’. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we head via Loch Laggan and Spean Bridge to Fort William. Here we join the famous Jacobite steam train for the journey to Mallaig, one of Europe’s most popular rail journeys. On arrival in Mallaig we have time for lunch prior to joining our coach for the journey to Fort William by the 'Road to the Isles', a contrast to the train journey. Dinner on our return to Newtonmore.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts at the Balavil Hotel for the return journey home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore

Situated in the heart of the Scottish highlands, the Balavil hotel is a family run business that offers a warm and personal welcome to our visiting guests. This hotel in the village of Newtonmore offers traditional and stylish accommodation with a  varied menu. Being run by the same family for over 30 years, you can expect wonderful highland hospitality in the beautiful setting of the Cairngorm National Park.

The Balavil Hotel offers 51 en-suite bedrooms that have all been recently refurbished. There are 3 levels that can be accessed by a lift or stairs. With traditional decor, each room has a flat-screen T.V, tea and coffee facilities, and en-suite bathroom.

The hotel has 4 main function areas that consists of a Lounge Bar, a Public Bar with log fire, a Dining Room and a Restaurant. Our menu changes often to use the freshest of produce to cater to all tastes. Free Wi-fi is available in all public areas and bedrooms.

An indoor heated swimming pool is available complimentary to residents, open from 8am-8pm, giving plenty of time to take advantage of this facility.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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